So Ready

It’s funny how time passes at such a warped speed when you look at the past in terms of life events. My first trip to Uganda (and first time out of North America) marks a fairly large event in my life. In some respects it feels like the whole experience happened in another life, and in some ways like it was only a week ago.

Some memories replay themselves nearly every day. It’s weird to think that I will be standing in some of those precise memory hot spots in less than a week. Thinking about certain things can trigger pretty vivid recollections; I can only imagine what’ll happen when I’m physically there.

memory hot spot
Some places we revisit will bring back more emotion than others.

I only wish that everyone else who was on last year’s trip could join me in validating that what happened wasn’t actually a dream; I know they all want to.

When I made the last assigned blog post for last year’s trip, I can’t say that it felt very final. In all honesty, I don’t think I had enough time to think throughout the whole 5 weeks to make anything soak in all the way.

And that’s what I’m most looking forward to this year. If I said anything at all about Uganda is predictable, I’d be straight up lying to you; however, I think I’m at a mental advantage. The uncertain feelings and unnecessary nerves that I’m sure are plaguing all first-timers on the trip have been replaced by a maybe-too-relaxed contentedness.

Last year, I made and re-made packing lists a week prior to the trip–I just finished writing this year’s list before I started this post. I think I’ll be making a trip to Target tomorrow night and then packing, but I’m really not concerned about it.

I’m still jittery, but it’s not because I feel apprehensive at all, it’s because I just want to be In Uganda right now. So what I’m trying to say is that I’m going to use the money I get for my grant project to buy a teleportation device.

But seriously. Last year, I learned how little physical things matter when compared to emotional and mental needs. Regardless of how disorganized and unprepared I might seem concerning packing things and buying things, I’m so ready.

10 thoughts on “So Ready

  1. Sara, I am so glad you will be on this adventure again. I’m so excited for your project and the rest of the journey. And I think the teleportation device would be great.

  2. Safe travels to you and the rest of the crew! Can’t wait to read your updates as the weeks go on. PPLAM <3

  3. Sweetheart … I am so proud of you and love your heart! May God bless your trip and His angels protect you and the whole team.

  4. Just PLEASE remember to pack kleenex for unexpected tummy upsets because boarding passes will mentally scar you for LIFE. Have fun!!! I’m so unbelievably jealous. You all will be in my thoughts daily! Safe travels and I can’t wait to hear all about it when you return 🙂

  5. We are lucky to have you return with us. Working on two simultaneous projects will be a challenge. One you can handle

  6. This is so well-written. How’d that burning smell work for you when you got off the plane? Lots of memories am I right?

  7. I’m living vicariously through you right now! Have double the fun (& double the Nile specials) for me. <3

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